Spence has lofty expectations

Thee-star place kicker commitment Alex Spence already has high expectations for his college career. For starters, he wants to start.

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With the departure of Chandler Catanzaro at the conclusion of this season, Spence will compete with Ammon Lakip for the starting job in 2014.

"It's a goal of mine to start next year. And it's definitely a goal to be Academic All-American all four years," Spence said, during a recent interview with CUTigers. "If I win the starting job, or when I do, I'm striving towards All-ACC and even more accolades after that, depending on how the seasons go."

In the meantime, he's got a season to finish at West Florence High School. West Florence enters the final week of regular season play with a 6-4 record. The Knights have already clinched a spot in the AAAA playoffs.

In December, Spence will play in the Shrine Bowl.

"It's pretty special. I found out how rare it is for somebody from my high school to make it. The last person was Malliciah [Goodman], several years ago. He also went to Clemson, too," he said. "I started reading up about it when I heard that I had the possibility of being in it. It seems like a really cool game.

"Going up there to do all the activities that they do in the week leading up to the game is pretty cool sounding, too."

Spence will see his streak of five-straight games in Clemson come to an end next Thursday night since just a day before the first-round of the playoffs. But he does expect to return the following week for The Citadel.

"They're having a great season so far," Spence said. "They're No. 8 in the country. That's still pretty good, even though they lost that one game. And it's looking good for the next several years, too."

Spence has connected on 12 of 17 field goals, three of which were blocked. He's also made 33 of 34 extra-point attempts.

On punts, he averages 40 yards. On kickoffs, he averages 67 per kick with an 82 percent touchback rate.

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